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Network Diagnostics workshop, Furtherfield 10th June

New collaborative research project with Niall Docherty, focused on using technical models of “troubleshooting” as a mode of critically engaging with digital culture.

The workshop will take place at Furtherfield in London on the 10th June, from 2-5pm, and is presented in the context of the New World Order exhibition and the AntiUniversity programme.

Read about the workshop below, or click here to book a place.

As demonstrated by the works in the NEW WORLD ORDER exhibition at Furtherfield Gallery, blockchain technologies and cultures display a remarkable capacity to embody the interests of diametrically opposed political ideologies. Manpowertop looks more widely at the subject of Silicon Valley companies and how their promotional media envisions "the future" of their technology's role in society.

The recent publication of Mark Zuckerberg’s open letter, titled Building Global Community, has drawn debates about the accelerationist politics of Silicon Valley into the public sphere once again. The seductive message of the manifesto itself is unsurprising, and is typical of the glossy promotional media released by other tech companies: We are told that new technologies can facilitate greater social inclusion, foster democratic grassroots political movements, and allow us to be more productive in our labour and leisure. While such media are often renderings of some notional “future” existence, what might they reveal about the ways we delimit our understanding of the present? Additionally, what would have to happen between “now” and “then” for these visions to be fully realised?

Manpowertop is a workshop that takes these questions as a starting point, challenging participants to diagnose the power relations in these branded visions of the future. Participants will adopt “troubleshooting” as a critical framework for enquiry, and produce diagrammatic readings of these speculative technologies, the networks they interlink with, and their associated politics of usership. In doing so, we will collectively identify what is left out of these visions, and explore how these omissions might offer an insight into the power relations that exist between users and technological platforms in the present.

Parsons/New School Paris Masterclass: 'Net Work'


Masterclass at Parsons Paris with MFA Design and Technology students on subject of networked labour and collaborative design practice.

In this workshop, we will use Yet Another Collaborative Editor to construct documents, reflecting on increasingly mainstream workflows of cloud-based design/production tools and their influence on networked collaborative practice.

Students collaboratively produced an anti-work(?) transmedia web doc titled peerporn.

Localhost: Write the Wave [Workshop]

DIY Radio Transmitter building workshop at ForestCentrePlus, Edinburgh on November 21st, 2014.

The word radio, which translates from latin to 'I beam/radiate', seems to hint at a potential of radio that was never realized. Radio could have been developed in such a way that as many would transmit as would listen, so that we could all be both broadcasters of information as well as listeners. A combination of state regulation, accessibility of technology, and high demand in the frequency spectrum always prevented this.

But as major public and commercial broadcasters are slowly moving away from the AM and FM range to 'digital' frequencies with greater bandwidth, there's an opportunity to turn this range into a new commons.

During the Write the Wave workshop, participants will get some technical insights into how radio works by building small FM radio transmitters. We will use these transmitters to prototype an open system for broadcasting data, and begin to explore the potentials of a new commons that exists in the airwaves.

Wonderful image generated by Roelof.

Localhost: Hack Sessions

Fortnightly (free) workspace open to the general public, hosted at Forest Centre Plus, Castle Terrace, Edinburgh.

Localhost is a hackspace and events series that aims to stimulate critical, reflective discussions about digital art and culture. The regular hacksessions are run fortnightly, and function as informal meetups/workshops that promote a deeper understanding of network technologies through processes of dismantling, disrupting, and rebuilding. The events series features talks, discussions, and workshops led by invited artists.

Localhost [Hack Sessions] share:

  • WiFi
  • Table space
  • Raspberry Pis
  • Arduinos
  • Miscellaneous sensors
  • Random standard electronics components
  • Information

Go HERE if you want to know how to join and when to come along.

Note - Localhost is an official fork of FREEMACHINES, as most people referred to FREEMACHINES as Localhost anyway. Localhost was supported by the Arts Trust Scotland. Thanks ATS!